COVID-19 Updates

Keep Up To Date With Closures & Adjustments

Ensuring The Health & Safety Of Our Participants & Staff

Throughout this difficult time, we have reduced expenses, reduced staffing, continue to maintain our parks with a reduction in staff and remained fiscally responsible. Our priority is to provide parks and recreation for our community. We sincerely appreciate your support and patience as our team continues to work quickly to adapt to the current situation & focus on keeping you safe.

Staff has spent the last several months developing plans and implementing modifications that will provide enriching experiences, while adhering to the guidelines provided by local health officials and the Restore Illinois Plan. Modifications will allow for:

  • Reduced program sizes
  • Increased distancing between participants
  • Minimization of shared equipment
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols & staff training
  • Increased hand washings and access to hand sanitizer

Friday, May 21, 2021

Based on the governor’s new Executive Order, updated state guidance for the Bridge Phase of the Restore Illinois Plan, and updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Kankakee Valley Park District is updating its policies regarding face masks and social distancing. These rules are effective on May 21, 2021 and are subject to change as the state and CDC continue to issue additional guidance.

Under the “Bridge Phase” guidelines, only those that are fully vaccinated are no longer required to wear facial coverings for many activities. You are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after the administration of the final course of your vaccine—in other words, 14 days after the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or 14 days after the administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The Kankakee Valley Park District still encourages all patrons to continue using facial coverings indoors, as well as outdoors during activities and when social distancing of at least 6 feet is not practical. Regardless of vaccination status, please refrain from coming onto property when you have signs or symptoms of COVID, including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.

Face coverings and social distancing are still required when:

·        An individual is not fully vaccinated.

·        For all children ages 2-11.

·        While on busses, trains and other forms of enclosed transportation.

·        High traffic indoor areas of (District) facilities, such as lobbies, washrooms, hallways, foyers and offices, regardless of vaccination status unless under the age of 2 or with a valid medical exemption.

·        Otherwise directed by Kankakee Valley Park District Personnel.

COVID-19 Vaccines/Vacunas:

Please don’t forget to use the hashtag #VaxUpIL on all your posts across all social channels.

FAQs:  Available in English, Chinese, Hindi, Arabic, Tagalog, Spanish, Polish
Preguntas Frecuentes:  disponible in varios idiomas

Find your nearest vaccination site by typing in your zip code

Encuentre los lugares de vacunación cerca de usted notando su codigo postal

After vaccination, sign up for V-Safe. Use your smartphone to tell CDC about any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. You’ll also get reminders if you need a second vaccine dose.

Use su smartphone para informar a los CDC acerca de cualquier efecto secundario que experimente luego de recibir la vacuna contra el COVID-19.

For more info/para mas informacion, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/vsafe.html

COVID-19 FAQ's

ARE THE PARKS OPEN?

Our parks and trails are open – please use social distancing to enjoy dispersed recreation.

ARE THE FACILITIES STAFFED DURING THE CLOSURE?

For the safety of our employees and to comply with social distancing best practices, our facilities are closed during the stay‐at‐home order. Our staff will have remote access to respond to phone calls, voicemail messages and emails 8:30am‐4:30pm, Monday – Friday. Please contact us at 815.939.1311 or info@kvpd.com.

HOW WILL PARKS BE MAINTAINED?

Our Maintenance Operations Staff continues to perform essential services such as mowing and trash collection in our parks. The safety of our staff is a top priority. Staff members are working individually or in small crews to ensure proper social distancing is maintained while completing tasks. Personal protective equipment including masks, gloves, and disinfectant products are also available to our staff. We ask that you help our staff by minimizing the trash left in our parks. Please use the proper trash receptacles or carry out any litter during your visit including tissues, gloves, or pet waste.

WILL FACILITIES BE CLEANED DURING THE CLOSURE?

Yes, our Operations staff is also busy at work preparing our facilities for when we are able to welcome you back. Staff has accomplished the following during this time:
- Deep cleaned facilities
- Disinfected all surfaces
- Cleaned carpeted areas

WHEN DO YOU EXPECT TO REOPEN FACILITIES?

At this time, we are following state and local orders. We are hopeful that we will be able to safely reopen our office soon. All events and programming will be dependent on future modifications and restrictions as per the Governor’s Orders. Please continue to check our website for updates.

HOW WILL I BE NOTIFIED OF FACILITY, PROGRAM, AND EVENT UPDATES?

Updates will be provided on the Park District website and Facebook pages.

HOW WILL I BE REFUNDED FOR CANCELLATIONS?

Refunds will automatically be processed for cancelled programs and events. You do not need to request a refund. We appreciate your patience as we work to process all refunds as quickly as possible. Refunds will go back to your original form of payment (cash payments will be refunded by check).

WHAT IS THE STATUS OF MY UPCOMING FACILITY OR PARK SHELTER RESERVATION?

Facility and park shelter reservations are cancelled through Spring 2021. Watch our website for updates on reopening.

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